Wildcats use three-point shooting to defeat Pittsburgh
=== Wildcats use three-point shooting to defeat Pittsburgh ===
Villanova, PA (Sports Network) – Allan Ray scored 21 of his game-high 23
points in the second half to lead 25th-ranked Villanova to an 80-72 win
over No. 17 Pittsburgh at The Pavilion.
Ray ended 7-of-16 from the floor and knocked down five three-pointers in the
second half for the Wildcats (17-6, 7-5 Big East), who have won three straight
games since dropping a 90-75 decision to Syracuse on February 12.
Curtis Sumpter had 18 points, Randy Foye chipped in 15 and Mike Nardi
contributed 13 for Villanova, which made 12-of-23 three-point tries (52
Carl Krauser scored 16 points for the Panthers (18-5, 8-4), who had their
three-game winning streak halted. Aaron Gray ended with 15 and Chris Taft
netted 11 points in the setback.
Pittsburgh led 43-40 early in the second half, but the Wildcats then used a
14-0 spurt to open up an 11-point advantage. Ray drained a pair of three-
pointers while Sumpter also knocked down a trey during the lengthy run. Kyle
Lowry’s three-point play with just over 13 minutes left capped the surge and
made it 54-43.
Ray’s three, moments later, widened the lead to 12 points, but the Panthers
crept back into the game as six straight points made it 57-51. Villanova,
though, ran off six of the next seven points and Sumpter’s layup increased the
gap to 63-52 with 8:29 left.
The Wildcats then held a seemingly comfortable 71-58 advantage with 5:40 to
play, but Pittsburgh rallied and used a 10-0 surge to pull within three
points. Krauser scored the final five points of the burst and Chevon Troutman
added three to cut the gap to 71-68 with 1:37 left.
However, the Panthers would not get any closer down the stretch and suffered
the eight-point loss.
Gray’s slam dunk with 11:40 remaining in the first half staked Pittsburgh to a
15-9 lead and the margin grew to eight points on Ronald Ramon’s baseline
jumper moments later.
Sumpter’s deep three-pointer just past the midway point trimmed the deficit to
19-15, but the Panthers quickly scored four straight to restore their eight-
point advantage. Villanova then trailed 27-20 moments later, but used a 7-0
spurt, keyed by four points from Lowry, to tie the game at 27-27 with just
over 2 1/2 minutes left.
Krauser banked in an off-balance three-pointer from halfcourt as the first
half came to an end to give Pittsburgh a 36-34 lead at the intermission.